PHILADELPHIA – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's basketball team (5-4) puts its conference schedule on hold to take on Southern Connecticut State (5-5) on Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher Center.
HOW TO WATCH
Tickets are available at the door. Prices are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors/children/outside students with ID. Children under the age of six are free. Jefferson students, staff and faculty with school ID are also free.
A free, live video stream will be available for the contest with play-by-play and color analysis.
This is the fifth meeting between Jefferson and Southern Conn. St. The Rams are 3-1 all-time versus the Owls. Southern Conn. St. picked up its first win in the series last year with a 73-71 home victory.
LAST TIME OUT
The men earned their third straight win at the Gallagher Center while snapping its three-game slide overall with a 74-63 triumph over the Holy Family Tigers (4-3, 1-1 CACC) last Saturday. The Rams were all over the Tigers in the first half, forcing 10 turnovers with eight steals and outscoring Holy Family, 35-29. Jefferson scored the first eight points of the contest and 11 of the initial 13. Jefferson's shooting took off in the second half, as it went 13-for-23 (56.5%) from the floor with four three-pointers. With the Tigers down by six (52-46) and threatening, junior Josh Bradanese and freshman Deondre Bourne came up huge, nailing back-to-back triples to put the Rams ahead 12 with 4:45 to go. Holy Family was only able to get within nine the rest of the way.
Bourne ended with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, 5-for-10 from downtown. He also had three rebounds and one steal. Junior Kylan Guerra tallied 16 points, nine assists, six rebounds and two steals. He was 6-for-12 from the floor. Juniors Prince Hickson and DeVaughn Mallory each registered 12 points and Bradanese finished with 10. Mallory and Bradanese grabbed six rebounds apiece.
LOOKING AT SOUTHERN CONN. ST
After winning just two of their first seven games, the Owls have won three in a row coming into the Gallagher Center. Southern Conn. St. is 1-3 this season against CACC competition. The Owls defeated Caldwell, 81-69 and dropped decisions to Post, 103-102 and USciences twice, 69-67 and 67-62. Southern Conn. St. is one of the top three-point shooting teams in Division II, ranking 31st in three-pointers per game (10.5) and 36th in three-point field goal percentage (39.9%) out of 305 teams.
Senior Isaiah McLeod leads the squad with 22.9 points per game. Senior Luke Beesley is averaging 10.0 points and 9.6 rebounds through 10 contests. He has recorded five double-doubles, which ranks 10th in Division II. His 96 total rebounds are 13th in the nation. Senior Kealen Ives is 11th in the country with 63 assists.
The Rams return to CACC competition when they visit division rival Goldey-Beacom on Wednesday, December 19 at 8 p.m. The teams split last year's season series with the Lightning earning a 76-65 win in Wilmington.